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A Visit to War Eagle Cavern

April 12th, 2013

Now that the nice weather is returning, it is time to start thinking about trips in the outdoors. One of our favorite local outdoor recreations is the War Eagle Cavern.

The cave just reopened for the 2013 season. War Eagle Cavern has a stunning natural entrance that makes you think of the kind of place where a mythical creature would keep its treasure. Located on the shores of Beaver Lake about one-half mile off Highway 12, it is about 30 minutes from our bed and breakfast in Eureka Springs.

There are no stairs or tight passages, only wide walkways that are stroller and pet friendly. There are also 60 minute guided walking tours. The daily hours are Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Natural columns inside War Eagle Cavern

Natural columns inside War Eagle Cavern

Tickets are $15 for adults, children 4-11 years are $9, under 4 are free.

As Long as You’re at War Eagle…

We recommend you stop at the War Eagle Mill. About 4 miles Southwest from the Cavern, the historical War Eagle Mill is a water-powered grist mill on the War Eagle River, where they still produce fresh wholegrain cornmeal, flours, mixes and cereals. There is a gift shop and a tasty restaurant. If you go to War Eagle Cavern then make sure you also stop here! The mill, gift shop and restaurant are open every day from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. We think heading to the Cavern after breakfast at the B&B and then getting lunch at the Bean Palace Restaurant at the War Eagle Mill is an excellent way to spend a day in the Ozarks!

Traveling to Eureka Springs Soon?

We hope the next time you are in Eureka Springs, you will come and stay with us at the 5 Ojo Bed and Breakfast Inn. Along with comfortable and luxuriant accommodations, we promise superior service with a personal touch!

Crystal Bridges Museum Trail Tours

October 24th, 2012

The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art hosts Drop-in Trail Tours so museum guests can experience and learn about the flora and fauna of the grounds, as well as architecture and outdoor sculpture. Trail Tours are seasonal and will run through December 16, 2012, weather permitting. The Tours accommodate up to 20 guests on a first come, first serve basis.

Trail surfaces and terrain will vary and strollers, bicycles and wheelchairs are not recommended. Make sure to wear comfortable  hiking footwear. Tours are between 60 and 90 minutes long, depending on the trail and season. There are two different tours available:

Tulip Tree Trail Tour. Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.  The Tour meets at the Museum’s South Lobby.

Rockledge Trail Tour. Saturdays at 3 p.m. and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. The Tour meets outside at Walker Landing.

Located at 600 Museum Way in Bentonville, the museum is about a one hour drive from  our Eureka Springs Inn. Reviews on Trip Advisor indicate that the trials are part of the special experience at Crystal Bridges Museum. One visitor from August 2012 says “Don’t miss the outdoor trails, which have pieces of art on them as well!” While another visitor from last month says “The outside (gardens, architecture of the museum, trails) is an integral part of the experience.”

In the early part of summer Jan and I spent one afternoon just walking the trails and enjoying the summer flowers, trees and shrubs. Just last week we had a guest return who raved about walking the trails. The guided tours should add a great depth to the experience.

crystal bridges museum

The Crystal Bridges Museum aerial view at night.

About Crystal Bridges Museum of Art

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art explores the unfolding story of America and celebrates the American spirit in a setting that exemplifies the power of art with the beauty of landscape. Surrounded by 120 acres of forests, garden sculpture and walking trails, the museum gets its name from the Crystal Creek, which feeds the ponds you see in the picture on the right. The museum was designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie.

The museum can be accessed from the Crystal Bridges Trail. The trailhead entrance is on Northeast 3rd Street between A and B Streets (across from the splash park) in downtown Bentonville. You can reach the trail Compton Gardens’ entrance on North Main Street, or from Northeast A Street north of the Museum. The Art Trail begins at James Turrell’s Skyspace installation, The Way of Color, on the Crystal Bridges Trail which will lead to the Museum’s south lobby.


Fall Events at Beaver Lake

October 14th, 2012

Beaver Lake is a must-see for anyone traveling in the Eureka Springs area. With almost 500 miles of shoreline & rising limestone bluffs, Beaver Lake provides a wide variety of activities, including lake excursions, a marina & fishing.

Upcoming Events at Beaver Lake

The Lake is not only for fishing! See some of these other upcoming events for fall activities by the lake.

Eagle Watching

An Eagle nest near Beaver Lake in Eureka Springs.

The Eagle Watch special event will take place October 19-21, although you can observe wintering bald eagles over the lake through January or February. Expert guides help visitors spot eagles and happily share their knowledge of the bald eagle’s lifestyle and habitat. The tour takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes and are daily (closed Thursday) at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults; $8.50 for children under 12.

Arkansas Fall Foliage on the Belle of the Ozarks

The same boat taking guests out for the Eagle watching also holds cruises throughout the week. This is a wonderful time to observe Arkansas fall foliage. Take a cruise on the Belle of the Ozarks, a large, open-platform style boat. The Belle of the Ozarks has navigated the lake for 18 years and the staff will keep you entertained talking about the local history. Just in case, take a sweater for the cool fall weather and sit on the open air deck enjoying the scenery and fall colors. There is a small snack bar on board with chips and soft drinks, etc. If you enjoy a quiet, slow ride on a lake and the weather is good, you should consider this on your next trip to Eureka Springs!

Looking for Impeccable Eureka Springs Lodging?

When considering where to stay during your vacation in Eureka Springs, check out all the great local accommodations. We hope you would also consider 5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast as your home base as we value every single guest and try to provide all our guests with memorable stays. Have a better night’s sleep and a gourmet breakfast by choosing our historic district Eureka Springs bed and breakfast.


The Elk are waiting at Buffalo River

March 31st, 2011

Time to think about the great outdoors. And where else to enjoy the outdoors than down on the Buffalo River in Arkansas located just a short jaunt from Eureka Springs. Buffalo River National State Park contains massive limestone bluffs with canoeing available on one of the few rivers remaining that is without a dam. It has the longest cave in Arkansas (Fitton) and one of the tallest wet weather waterfalls in the Midwest (Hemmed in Hollow).

Buffalo River has the only elk herd in Arkansas. The free-flowing river meanders through the heart of the Ozarks for 150 miles and has both swift-moving and calm stretches. There are bluffs, woodlands, protected wilderness areas, nature watching opportunities and over 100 miles of hiking trails.

If you travel by motorcycle, the weather is warming up to great bike riding temperatures and traveling the roads are a treat themselves.

Photo Credit: Thanks to NPCA Photos for the great shot of an Elk on the Buffalo River.

Handmade Gourmet Chocolate Lovers Paradise

March 17th, 2011

For a few years now, every time we drive Highway 62 from Eureka Springs to Bentonville we have passed a chocolate store. The other day it was overcast and raining a little and we thought it might be a little sunnier with a few chocolates in our hand so we stopped. OMG!! We found a little piece of chocolate heaven right outside of Eureka Springs by the name of Martin Greer’s Candies. They’ll become a part of our bed and breakfast fare.

We had a very interesting talk with Martin about his shop. He learned his candy making craft from his father who started making candy on his farm in 1924. Some of the equipment he uses is 80-100 years old. It was incredible.

Martin’s candies are made fresh with real chocolate, sweet cream butter, dry roasted nuts plus other flavorings and he doesn’t use preservatives.

We did buy some candy and we’d show you a picture of the chocolates we bought but they’re no where to be found. Hummmmm, now where could they have gone to?

Jan is looking into a 12-step chocoholic program for Richard. Richard took a chocoholic test and discovered he is only a Closet Chocoholic so is looking into a 10-step program for acquiring more chocolate.

Springbreak time in Eureka Springs

March 6th, 2011

After a cold winter, spring has finally hit Eureka Springs. The daffodils are coming out in full force and Eureka Springs is full of yellow blooms especially in the bed and breakfast yards.

Lots of activities and events are planned in the city to get everyone out and about soaking up the warm weather. The scooter rental increased its’ fleet to accommodate cruising through Eureka Springs. The Mardi Gras parade was delightful and now the upcoming St. Patrick Days celebration is the talk of the town. The Heartland Men’s Chorus of Kansas City is performing in the Eureka Springs Historic Auditorium on March 12 and the Eureka Springs Downtown Network has initiated the second Saturday Gallery Stroll every month. If you love the Eurekan Artists this is the best time to indulge.

Relax and enjoy Eureka Springs as it awakens from the winter doldrums.

Our tour of the Medieval Castle in Arkansas

June 29th, 2010

We went to the new Ozark Medieval Castle in Lead Hill, Arkansas. It was fantastic! We really enjoyed interacting with the workers and they seemed to enjoy talking to the visitors. It was truly an educational and fun experience. It’s about an hour from Eureka Springs and worth a day trip to see it or better yet, on your way here or going back home.

Here’s what they say on their website. “Have you ever dreamed of medieval castles? Real strongholds of the past, built with quarried stones, felled oaks, forged tools, and bare hands. Do you wonder how it felt to raise these fortresses from the ground up, to perform such an amazing feat? Well, now you can see for yourself.”

They are building the castle using only the tools used back in medieval times. It will take them until 2030 to complete.

They have a blacksmith making their tools, a basket weaver making the baskets they use to haul stones, a rope maker, a brick maker. We didn’t know there were 4 different levels of masons for doing the different types of work required.

One of the carpenters (thinking like a more modern carpenter) said if they could only have one power tool it would be a chainsaw. While we were there they were creating by use of an broad ax 6 by 6 inch beams to be used as scaffolding and drilling holes for the pegs with a hand tool.

Here’s an interesting tidbit. We found the carpenters were not seasoned craftsman in the medieval style of construction as they were still learning the old techniques. One of them told us they found an old broad ax and were disappointed that it had a warped handle.

Well, after they tried it they realized that when you are swinging the ax while standing on top of a beam, the curve sure helps to keep the ax away from your leg and foot thereby keeping you from becoming a one-legged pirate. They had a whole new respect for early craftsmen.

On the left is the first tower they are building. The scaffolding the carpenters are building will be used to create the next level of the tower. Below is a video of the the lifting device they will use to raise the stones. There is a man in the middle and you can see the log being lifted in the right of the picture. A person can lift ten times their weight with this device. Jan, playing the court jester, kept yelling, “Faster, Faster”.

Hope to see you here soon. We’d love to have you visit us.

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Learn basic back country hiking, Hobbs State Park, AR

May 24th, 2010

Last year we stopped at Hobbs State park to see the new visitor center that had opened up. Hobbs is only about 20 minutes from Eureka Springs, AR. We were impressed with the center as well as what they had done with the state park area. While we were there we noticed they were offering guided tours by the park rangers as well as some classes. Below we have listed one class we are considering ourselves (at least the hiking part of it). We may have to wait until the tourist season slows down before we can make it, but we think living in Northwest Arkansas, this would be an excellent class.

About the park the states website says, “The park’s 17,531-square-foot visitor center opened on May 27, 2009. This $4.5 million, state-of-the-art facility features Ozark focused exhibits including interactive kiosks, classroom space, a retail sales area, and the park’s administrative offices. WI-FI wireless Internet access is provided in the visitor center.”

The ‘Basic Back Country Hiking and Camping Training’ being offered is a one-day training session on the fundamentals of back country hiking and camping given at Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area on Saturday, June 26th, 2010 from 10 AM until 3 PM. This basic training is for all age groups. Examples of topics to be covered are: The joys of back country hiking; basic camping; how to pack and carry needed supplies and equipment; how to select a camp site; how to set up a camp site; basic map and compass skills; how not to get lost; proper dress and layering; how to build a fire and cook meals; basic safety and survival knowledge; plus Leave No Trace Ethics. The course is designed for those with little or no camping experience. Cost: $25/adult and $10/12-17 yrs. Call the park office for reservations at 479-789-5000.

If you take the class, what better way to relax than with a massage and stay at a bed and breakfast in Eureka Springs, AR.

Romantic Getaways at 5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Hiking in Buffalo River State Park, Arkansas

December 16th, 2009

We had a little down time this week so we did something we’ve been trying to do for a while now. We did a day trip to the Buffalo River, a 150 mile long river with natural wilderness, towering limestone bluffs, canoe outfitters, campsites, hiking trails, and three wilderness areas. We decided to go to Lost Valley which is about a 1 1/2 hour drive from Eureka Springs, Arkansas where our bed and breakfast is located.

First we went to Jasper, Arkansas and had lunch at the Ozark Cafe which has been serving food to the locals and travelers for the last 100 years. We stuffed ourselves with plenty of carbohydrates for our pending hike and took with us two of their desserts for an afternoon pick me up.

The first stop on our hike was the Natural Bridge, about a 15 minute hike on a fairly easy trail, the first 1/4 mile of which is wheel chair accessible. I’m glad it was easy because we decided it wasn’t such a good idea to eat a big lunch of carbs right before going on a hike. The area around the initial hike was through a wooded area next to a stream which was dry at the moment. The pictures below are of the Natural Bridge area. As you can see, we took our dogs who felt right at home jumping across rocks and through the streams. It was a quiet, peaceful hike through some great scenery.

We then took the trail up to see Eden Falls. This trail was a little harder as it headed uphill and became a little rocky. But we had worked off enough of our lunch that the going wasn’t too bad. Along the way I took a pictures of the cliffs (see above) which tower over the river. The total time to hike up to the falls and back was about 2 hours at a leisurely pace.

Driving out of the park we ran across a herd of Elks which are prevalent in the area.

Once we arrived back home in Eureka Springs, we knew the dogs had enough exercise as they plopped down and didn’t open their eyes again until the next morning. Of course, we did pretty much the same thing.

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